Things to do this week: 18 – 24 February 2017

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17th February 2017
Toontastic 3D © Google

#BrainFood brings you the best shows on TV and radio, science apps and books to activate your mind, and fun events to visit. This week: incredible human bodies, technology in 2050, and create your own 3D animations.


Incredible Medicine: Dr Weston's Casebook © BBC

Incredible Medicine: Dr Weston's Casebook

BBC Two, Wed 22 February, 9:00-10:00pm

Surgeon Gabriel Weston uncovers extraordinary human stories that are leading to new medical breakthroughs. This week, we meet a girl whose heart lies outside her ribcage, a man who can spend nine minutes underwater without breathing, and a woman who is growing a second skeleton.


The Life Scientific

The Life Scientific

BBC Radio 4, Tue 21 Feb, 9:00-9:30am

This week, Jim Al-Khalili chats to Prof Alan Winfield from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. They’ll be discussing the thorny topic of robot ethics. Should we build robots with morality? And could a robot learn how to lie?


Megatech © Profile Books
© Profile Books

Megatech: Technology in 2050

Edited by Daniel Franklin, Profile Books, £15

Back in 1984, we listened to music on cassettes, mobile phones were the size of a brick, and the internet was pretty much nonexistent. So how will technology change in the next 33 years? This collection of essays predicts the ideas, inventions and trends that will shape the world in 2050. Contributors include Nobel prizewinner Frank Wilczek, philanthropist Melinda Gates and science-fiction author Alastair Reynolds. Click here to read an excerpt from the book on the future of AI.


Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival

Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival

Plymouth University, Fri 24 – Sun 26 Feb

Plymouth University’s annual festival returns for another unique fusion of science and experimental music. This year’s event explores how musicians, scientists and linguists are reinventing the human voice. There’s a world premiere of a piece for chamber orchestra and beatboxing, a choir of real and virtual singers, and a fully-fledged invented language, created especially for the festival.


Toontastic 3D © Google
© Google

Toontastic 3D

Android/iOS, Google, free

Google's latest free app allows you to direct your own 3D cartoons. Design your own characters, bring them to life by animating them and recording your narration, and add a soundtrack to set the mood. Once you’re done, export the movie and compare with your friends to find out who’s the next Steven Spielberg.

For more fabulous apps, check out our list of the top 10 science apps for Android and iOS.


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